help to organise library in date sequence

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  • SFA

    Looks like a date to me ... I guess that depends on where in the world you are. I agree that the order is not what you want.

    The only real way that is guaranteed to give you dates in order for something that is not date aware (like the name of a folder) is to name them formatted as yyyymmdd.

     

    Or simply use the image date (assuming it is correct and you want to use the image date rather then a folder name) for which C1 automatically creates a Date related index for grouping and filtering purposes.

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  • Robert Mawson

    thanks SFA appreciated, I'm new to all this, how do you search for and store your images in a specific catalogue .. thanks .. if you have the time to answer

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  • SFA

    Hi Robert,

    I don't use catalogues, other than for some testing and experiments.

    Most of my Sessions tend to be for specific events over at most a few days and I generally name the event with an indication when it occurred (month and year). Within that I let C1 tell me the dates of the images if I ever need to work using date specifically.

    There are, as ever, a few exceptions to that approach but rarely are particular dates of much specific interest. 

    That said since C1 gives me facilities to find file by date taken (and assuming that usually does represent the date taken and not some random date from the camera or the date a file was created using a scanner) that is all I need. No point in filing by folders named for a date.

    However on import (from a memory card to a PC for example) I can have C1 create the files with a name to my specification in a folder based on, say, metadata from the file and tell it to use date if I so require.

    If organising an older collection of images or importing images that may not have the correct or even a valid date I would probably need to do thing differently since C1 would perhaps not have any data to work with to give me the use of the embedded search activity options.

     

    However if you want the structure you included in you first post  - and I can see why there may be good reasons for you to want it - the key is to get the folder name in a from that the computer, whether operating system or application, can sort.

    So just change the format of the folder name (through Capture One if C1 already knows about its existence) to represent a yyyymmdd name  - 20200710 for example or maybe 2020-07-10    - and the folder should be listed in the order we humans think of as a logical time based sequence.

     

    HTH.

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  • Robert Mawson

    Thank you so much for your detailed explanation much appreciated and great to know I can think and organise things a bit differently. Lots of helpful advice there and i'll have a think about other ways of organisng my library and making more use of the C1 tools on offer. Thanks for taking the time much appreciated and sorry for my late repy, regards rob

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